What is Massage?

Massage is typically considered to be a complimentary or alternative therapy used to treat a myriad of medical conditions. It involves the manipulation of muscles, tendons and ligaments to produce the desired result. It raises the body’s production of endorphins (chemicals believed to improve overall mood) and flushes the waste product lactic acid out of muscles. Massage also promotes recovery from fatigue produced by excessive exercise, breaks up scar tissue loosens mucus in the lungs, promotes sinus drainage, and helps arthritis, colds and constipation.
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According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey of CAM use by Americans, an estimated 18 million U.S. adults and 700,000 children had received massage therapy in the previous year.

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Massage Practitioners

Nik Atkins, LMT

Nik is a licensed massage therapist. He graduated from Daymar Massage School in Northern Kentucky. He is passionate about what he puts in his body and about spending time in healthy, supportive environments. Nik’s specialty is DEEP tissue and therapeutic massage. Nik is trained to assist with nutritional testing and nutritional support programs. >> Learn More

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Misty Loughnane, LMT

Misty graduated from Gateway Community and Technical College, School of Massage, in 2020. She specializes in traditional and deep tissue massage. Misty is a member in good standing of the American Massage Therapy Association. Misty is also a Yoga RYT Instructor with 200 hours of training and a Reiki Practitioner, level III.
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Lance Nelson, ATC, LMT

Lance is a licensed massage therapist with a degree in Sports Medicine and Health Education. He is a professor at Gateway Community & Technical College. He is the head of the massage department at Gateway and has received the “Teacher of the Year” award there. Lance practices Therapeutic massage, Trigger Point, and is certified in Pregnancy massage. Lance integrates traditional and orthopedic massage, posture, education, and exercise to guide patients back to health and teach them how to maintain it between sessions. >> Learn More

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